The parents of a 15-year-old Dolgeville high school student who was smart in class and skilled at playing instruments never expected their son to dabble with drugs, village police Chief Richard Congdon said.
But several weeks ago, a desire to impress other students prompted this “Grade A student” to sneak Adderall and hydrocodone pills from his home to share with two other friends at the school on Nov. 16, Congdon said. Once one of the students reportedly bragged about snorting pills that day, school officials contacted police, he said.
The 15-year-old student was charged this week with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as fourth-degree and fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, all felonies, Congdon said.
The juvenile was issued a ticket to report to Herkimer County Probation at a later date.
None of the other students were charged.
Because the students said they had ingested between two to five prescription pills each, Congdon said he and school officials had the students transported by ambulance to local hospitals in case they had overdosed.
“They didn’t appear to me to be sick or anything, but considering the amount they said they had taken, we didn’t want to take a chance so that’s why we made sure they were taken care of,” Congdon said.
The parents of the charged student recently discussed their son’s situation at a local Boy Scouts meeting, where they said he had been suspended from the school for one year, Congdon said.
While this is the first instance of prescription drugs being brought to and shared at the Dolgeville school while Congdon has been police chief for the past year, he said it has opened the community’s eyes to the risks that may be occurring right beneath their noses.
“It’s unfortunate this happened to him, but it’s working out to be a positive for the community,” Congdon said. “His parents are very proactive and working with the community to make everyone aware of what signs to look for. This young man’s parents told me they try to watch everything he does, and still it got by them.”